Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A decent week as weather changed for the better and fish were very active and feeding as there are a lot of fry in the water. Fish moved higher up and Buzzers did well, as did Ace of Spades. Black and lime coloured flies seemed to dominate throughout the week and took good numbers of fish. Some good-sized fish were taken and Grant Kerr and his father had fish of 12lb and 8lb approx., which were released, Jimmy Rhind had 33 fish with his best at 7lb 3oz, Murray Fowler had nine fish, Wayne Willets had a good day with nine fish, Mark Feurst caught 13, Neil Smith had 14, Gary Gormley landed 17, Tom Anderson caught 16 with his best at 8lb, and Barry Ward had 10 using Cat’s Whiskers. Slow figure-of-eight retrieves worked best rather than static flies.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Millbuies will be soon be open for the new season which should be a really good one on the water with plenty of overwintered fish and the browns will have come on well. Blues and rainbows will spread out after stocking. Millbuies is all boat fishing with NO bank fishing at all. Booking is through the Glen of Rothes trout fishery.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with a very cold north-east wind and water temperature of 3oC and ended with much milder weather and the water temperature at 7oC. Friday and Saturday were the best days of the week as the water temperature rose and the fish were nearer the surface. At the start of the week they were at least four feet down and the island was the best area. By the weekend they were in the top three feet and well spread out, with the bank from the dam to the boats doing best in the morning. In the area around the bridge fish were being taken from the top six inches. Lures, such as Tadpole, Humungus, Cat’s Whisker and Dancer were the favourite patterns, with Cormorant, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Damsel and Diawl Bach also taking fish.
On Saturday afternoon one angler was having a lot of success with a Sedge fished just under the surface, and on his advice another angler who was struggling, changed flies and promptly landed a couple of rainbows. This coincided with the first hatch of the year; earlier on Saturday the fish were taking lures, but in the afternoon they switched to smaller flies and were being taken downwind which is unusual for this time of year.
Two double-figure rainbows were taken this week and there are plenty more big fish waiting to be caught. A number of browns were caught and released which is looking good for the start of the season next month.
The fishery is currently open from 8am to 5pm every day.
Alex Knox, from Glasgow, caught three fish for 15lb including a 10lb 7oz rainbow; Graeme Jack, Edinburgh, four for 16lb 4oz including a 10lb rainbow and two from the Millpond; Andrew Thompson, Stirling, five for 16lb 8oz including an 8lb rainbow; Stuart Allan, Bannockburn, three for 12lb including a 6lb 14oz rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 13lb 4oz, plus two caught and released; Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 13lb, plus two caught and released; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, five for 11lb 4oz; Kris Baillie, Edinburgh, five for 10lb 4oz including four from the Millpond; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 11lb including a gold, plus four caught and released; Alan Whitton, Stirling, four for 10lb 2oz; Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, four for 10lb, plus five caught and released; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, four for 9lb 4oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 8lb; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 7lb, plus seven caught and released; Alex Botezatu, Stirling, three for 7lb, plus five caught and released; Nick and Michael Coles, Deanston, took three each from the Meadow Pond for 13lb, including a gold, plus three caught and released by Michael; Ian Ramsay, two for 6lb 4oz; Thomas Ritchie, Hamilton, two for 6lb; Paddy Reilley caught and released eight; Roy McIntosh, Banknock, caught and released seven.